By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Phoenix residents will be asked in the August election to vote on the PlanPHX General Plan, the draft of which was approved March 4 by Phoenix City Council.
A copy of the approved plan is available to review online.
The General Plan, a long-term comprehensive guide for physical development within Phoenix, is a vision of where citizens want the city to be in the future.
The last update was completed in 2002 and state law requires cities to update their plans every 10 years. A five-year extension was added into the law to allow cities to incorporate data from the 2010 census. The deadline to update the General Plan is 2015.
This updated plan differs from previous ones in that this is expected to be a more visionary, concise and strategic document that is user-friendly for residents and developers.
In 2012, work began on the update. The council appointed the PlanPHX Leadership Committee to partner with staff on community outreach, help with the analysis of community feedback and ultimately to guide the development of the General Plan.
Also in 2012, the Planning & Development Department began to update the General Plan and its interactive website.
Feedback from residents was used to develop the 2015 plan. Planning & Development staff made more than 275 presentations and more than 2K residents registered on the website. The city received thousands of suggestions and comments.
The draft General Plan includes four major sections: vision, community benefits, strategic tools and five core values. The five core values are:
- Connect People and Places
- Strengthen Our Local Economy
- Celebrate Our Diverse Community & Neighborhoods
- Build the Sustainable Desert City
- Create an Even More Vibrant Downtown
The draft General Plan has been approved by the Village Planning Committees, the Parks and Recreation Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, PlanPHX Leadership Committee and the City Council’s Neighborhood, Housing and Development Subcommittee.
Now that council has approved the General Plan, city staff will develop the ballot language.